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Being a little overactive lately and New Year

30 Dec

Hey everyone, how’s everything? Are you ready for the New Year yet? Any plans?

I don’t have one and am not planning for one either. My plan would be just chill and stay home. New Year’s Eve is the WORST time ever to go out. Traffic jam, crowded places, drunk drivers etc, you name it. So I prefer to have a nice, calm and safe New Year’s Eve.

We got another rain yesterday and it’s been FREEZING and blowing. I’m currently freezing in my room while typing this post.

Anyway, on Sunday we planned to have lunch at Ka Shabu Asian Fondue because I wanted to use Groupon that I got.

But bummer, they closed for lunchtime on that day. Special holiday hour, I guess.

So we swung by to this one instead: Sushi on Fire

we decided to get lunch specials

K ordered this Crunch Rolls - was ok..I only had one...just like California roll topped w/ tempura batter and drizzled with teriyaki sauce

nothing beats complimentary miso soup in the cold weather!

Lil bro ordered a bowl of ramen...that guy really likes ramen as much as rice πŸ˜€

ramen came w/ salad

hubby's bento lunch - chicken teriyaki

Mine - New York steak - I felt like having meat that day..and for some reason they forgot that I asked for extra salad in place of the rice

apparently they were kind enough to give me that extra salad!

I gave all the california rolls, rice and the fried gyoza to the boys. I only ate the steak and the salad (with very minimal dressing)

So what does the title of the post mean?

Well I’ve been pretty active in my kitchen experimenting cooking simple stuffs yet healthy and want to share them with all of you! πŸ˜€

Basic ingredients that I used in the following recipes:
Half of jicama – shredded (I used my Cuisinart food processor)
Bell peppers
Carrots
Cabbage
Garlic
Salt and peppers to taste

Stuffed Bell Peppers (Vegan)
1 package of firm tofu – pressed and drained – I used Furama tofu brand
Curry paste
5 bell peppers
2 carrots
2 cloves of garlic -minced

I love colorful vegetables!

Note: I drained 2 packages of tofu, but actually I only used 1 (4 tofus total)

Directions:

Coarsely chopped carrots in your food processor

Same thing w/ the cabbage

Blend tofu in the food processor until smooth

Mix the mashed tofu, carrots, minced garlic and cabbage together until everything incorporates

Put about 1-2 tsp3 of curry paste - don't put too much or it'll has some bitter taste. Mine turned out that way..lesson to learn

Mix until everything incorporates. Also salt and pepper to taste

Slice the bell peppers horizontally, remove the stems

Stuff the bell peppers with the tofu mixture

Preheat non stick skillet medium heat and greased lightly with extra virgin olive oil.

Pan fry the stuffed bell peppers with the tofu mixture side down in medium heat

You could cover it to speed up the process πŸ™‚

Flip and taa daa!

Serve them over a bed of steamed cabbage

Delish!

I had extra ingredients left so I made another batch of Cauliflower Fried Rice cooked with a bit of butter. This time it tasted even better than the first time I made it! Guess the extra veggies gave it more flavor. Hubby surely loves it!

I have one more recipe to share but this post is already long enough so I’ll post it next time πŸ™‚

The year 2011 is upon us and we heard lots of people making New Year resolution/goal/intention/plan etc etc.

Personally, I am not a New Year resolution/goal/plan etc type of gal. For me it’s just another year and I don’t usually try to make a resolution or a goal or anything like that. I can always set my goal anytime, doesn’t have to be around New Year. I’m just hoping the year 2011 will be better than this year and the economy will pick up.

How about you? Do you have any New Year resolutions/goal/plan/intention etc?

Happy New Year!

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6 Comments

Posted by on December 30, 2010 in food, vegetables

 

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6 responses to “Being a little overactive lately and New Year

  1. dianacheung

    January 7, 2011 at 9:10 am

    although the new design is more streamlined I liked the other one more..maybe cause I don’t like change? πŸ™‚ Anyways glad you had a relaxing new years! Stay warm! BTW your dishes are so inspiring…I am lacking that cooking motivation and I need that spark back!

     
  2. lequan

    December 31, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Jos! Your recipe looks and sounds delicious! I’m a fan of colorful veggies too :-P. Thanks for the step by step instructions. Too bad that fondue place was closed. At least you guys found a good Japanese place. I’d love to see what the fondue places in LA look like.

    Hope you have a happy new year filled with joy, good health, and prosperity. See you in 2011 πŸ˜€

     
  3. Sagojyou

    December 30, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    OMG New blog design? Awesome!
    Smart idea to stay home πŸ˜‰ I do too, but do people actually choose to go out on New Year’s??
    Yummy eats! That was so generous of them to bring the salad to you! And the name of the place…he he. That’s cute! πŸ˜‰
    Yum recipe here! Someone’s been smart around the kitchen! πŸ˜€
    Colorful bell peppers! Do different colors taste different?? And I have to ask, in this recipe, can you taste the strong taste of the bell peppers?

     
    • Jos

      December 30, 2010 at 11:22 pm

      Thanks! I’m still in the process of working on changing the blog πŸ˜‰ btw is this your new email? Some people actually like to experience the New Year in the crowd (think Time Square, Las Vegas, etc) I hate crowds so I prefer to stay home πŸ™‚ Actually the color doesn’t justify the taste..I’m not sure how strong bell pepper taste you meant, but as long it’s cooked it’s ok to me.

       

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